Gardaí are appealing for witnesses following an armed robbery at a jewellery store in Dublin city centre.

The raid on the Aungier Street shop happened at around 5pm when two men wearing construction clothing entered the premises and threatened staff with a firearm.

The raiders stole jewellery including three trays of gold rings before escaping in a grey Opel Astra vehicle.

The car, with a 07-C registration, was crashed and abandoned a short distance away.

It is believed the vehicle had been stolen during a burglary in Harolds Cross on 9 November.

Gardaí at Pearse Street Garda Station are appealing for witnesses to the raid and have issued a description of the two suspects.

One is described as 1.83m (6'0) tall, wearing a balaclava, sleeveless high-visibility vest, blue hoodie and jeans. 

The second man is believed to be 1.78-1.83m (5'10-6'0) tall, wearing a similar high-visibility vest and blue hard hat.

The two raiders are thought to be aged in their late 20s or early 30s.

Anyone with information on the incident is asked to contact gardaí in Pearse Street on 01 6669000.